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TEEX is helping cities in the Mexican states of Tamaulipas and Baja California to improve drinking water quality and capacity through training utility administrators to conduct water system evaluations.

The evaluators are trained to identify and prevent potential problems using the standards for water systems set by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality, said Project Manager Jose Garza with the TEEX-sponsored Frank M. Tejeda Center for Excellence in Environmental Operations.

TEEX has assisted in six evaluations of water facilities in Tamaulipas and four in Baja California (In photo, evaluation is conducted at pipeline Acueducto Las Auras in Tecate, Baja California).

Follow-up training for the evaluators was held in Reynosa March 17-18, and Nuevo Laredo on May 12-13. Training in Ciudad Victoria is scheduled for this summer.

“The goal of the training was to develop a seed evaluator group that would continue with the evaluation process at small- to medium-sized water systems in Tamaulipas and Baja California,” Garza said.

The project is being conducted through a partnership between the Tejeda Center, the Comision Municipal de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado (COMAPA), Fundacion Mexico-Estados Unidos para la Ciencia (FUMEC), Comision Nacional del Agua (CNA), and other state and federal agencies in Mexico and the United States.

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